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Blakemore Retail’s NSPCC Fundraising Reaches New Heights

October 17, 2018

Ten Blakemore Retail colleagues have thrown themselves into a fundraising challenge, jumping out of a plane and plunging 10,000 feet in the name of charity

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White’s Calver Crowned Baldwin Trophy Winners at SRS 2018

October 08, 2018

White’s Calver is crowned the best SPAR retailer across the Meridian & Welsh Guild

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Blakemore Foundation Supports Macmillan Coffee Morning

October 03, 2018

Blakemore employees have donated more than £1,800 worth of tea, coffee, cake, squash and biscuits to Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

October 02, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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Blakemore Foodservice Inspires Next Generation at East Midlands Trade Show

October 02, 2018

Blakemore Foodservice welcomes students from Midlands-based school Glascote Academy to discover more about healthy and nutritional food at its annual East Midlands trade show

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SPAR Crowned Symbol Group of the Year at Retail Industry Awards

October 02, 2018

SPAR is crowned Symbol/Fascia Group of the Year at the 2018 Retail Industry Awards

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Blakemore Foodservice Donates £5,000 to Midlands-based Cancer Charities

October 02, 2018

Kind hearted employees from Blakemore Foodservice have donated £5,000 to charities Walsall Breast Cancer Support Group and Balls to Cancer

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SPAR Gabalfa Announced as SRS 2018’s £100,000 Big Investment Winner

October 01, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners presents SPAR Gabalfa, Cardiff, with a transformational £100,000 investment award to further develop the successful family-run business

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Richard Harman Talks Strategy with Better Wholesaling

September 27, 2018

Head of Blakemore Foodservice Richard Harman talks about the latest business developments across Blakemore Foodservice with Better Wholesaling magazine

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Blakemore Retail Partners with Crawshaw Group for Three-store Trial

September 26, 2018

Crawshaws Group Plc, the UK’s leading value fresh meat & food-to-go retailer, joins forces with Blakemore Retail to trial a pioneering fresh foods concept

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Blakemore Retail Launches New Insomnia Coffee Shop at Thurcroft

September 21, 2018

Blakemore Retail extends its Insomnia coffee offer by opening a brand new coffee shop at the location of its recently relaunched SPAR Thurcroft store in Rotherham

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A.F. Blakemore to Showcase Centenary in Express & Star Supplement

September 06, 2018

A.F. Blakemore has worked with West Midlands-based newspaper the Express & Star to produce a business supplement that showcases the company’s 100 years in business

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SPAR Retail Show Inspires with Food for Thought

September 06, 2018

More than 1,200 colleagues, suppliers and retailers attend Blakemore Trade Partners’ SPAR Retail Show, themed ‘Food for Thought’

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Foodservice Colleagues Tackle Banks’s 10k Run for Charity

September 05, 2018

Blakemore Foodservice colleagues banded together to take on the Banks’s 10k run in Wolverhampton to raise over £600 for chosen charity, the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

September 05, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners.

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Future Leaders Apprenticeship Programme Now Recruiting

September 05, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is looking for 12 new delegates for its Future Leaders Apprenticeship programme, scheduled to commence with a second cohort in early 2019

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Hastings Colleagues Celebrate Recognition at Truckfest

September 05, 2018

Blakemore Logistics colleagues in Hastings are celebrating after receiving recognition for their trucks at Europe’s biggest trucking festival, Truckfest

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Refer a Driver and Receive £400 in Vouchers

September 05, 2018

In a bid to assist with driver recruitment across Blakemore Logistics, a new incentive scheme has introduced for employees

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Blakemore Retail Raises Child Safety Awareness and a Roarsome £52,000 for the NSPCC

September 04, 2018

Blakemore Retail SPAR stores across England and Wales have been on a bank holiday fundraising drive for the NSPCC while at the same time raising awareness about how parents can keep their children safe from sexual abuse

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New Eat 17 Hammersmith Store Reinvents the Market Hall

August 14, 2018

Multi-award-winning fine food store and restaurant chain Eat 17 opens a new store in Hammersmith, complete with an indoor street food market and yoga classes

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Blakemore SPARs Shortlisted for Forecourt Trader Awards

August 13, 2018

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild have once again received notable recognition on this year’s Forecourt Trader Awards shortlist

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A.F. Blakemore Warehouse Apprentice Well Picked

August 09, 2018

A go-getting young recruit at A.F. Blakemore celebrates becoming the first person to complete the company’s new Warehouse & Distribution apprenticeship programme

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Retail Industry Awards 2018 Shortlist Announced

August 02, 2018

SPAR retailers represent a third of the finalists announced on the Retail Industry Awards shortlist

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Driver Recruitment Morning this Sunday

August 01, 2018

Blakemore Logistics is hosting an LGV driver recruitment morning on Sunday

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A.F. Blakemore to Publish Centenary Commemorative Publication

August 01, 2018

Register your interest for A.F. Blakemore’s centenary commemorative publication, celebrating 100 years in business

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A.F. Blakemore Launches New Instagram Profile

July 31, 2018

A.F. Blakemore has enhanced its social media presence with the addition of a new Instagram profile

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Learning & Development July News Roundup

July 29, 2018

Courses led by A.F. Blakemore’s Learning & Development department in July include a Facilitation Skills workshop and two-day Leading the Blakemore Way course

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Blakemore Foodservice Inspires at LACA’s Main Event

July 25, 2018

Blakemore Foodservice teams up with supplier Pan’Artisan for the LACA’s education catering exhibition

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Honoured for NSPCC Fundraising

July 23, 2018

Blakemore Retail employees are honoured for going the extra mile to help raise more than £3 million for the NSPCC

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Blakemore Retail Colleague Football Tournament Raises Over £1,000 for NSPCC

July 20, 2018

Colleagues take to the pitch for Blakemore Retail’s 10th annual football tournament in aid of the NSPCC

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A.F. Blakemore Ranked 44th Largest Privately Owned Company in Britain

July 12, 2018

A.F. Blakemore & Son has been named the 44th largest privately owned company in Britain in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100

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Leading the Blakemore Way Refreshers: Spaces Available

July 05, 2018

A.F. Blakemore has spaces available for delegates on two of its upcoming Leading the Blakemore Way Refresher sessions

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Blakemore Logistics Recruiting at Monday Open Day

July 05, 2018

Blakemore Logistics is hosting a recruitment day in the West Midlands for warehouse operatives, forklift truck drivers and Class C and C+E drivers

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Blakemore Foodservice Crowned Favourite Delivered Wholesaler at HIM Wholesale Awards

July 03, 2018

Blakemore Foodservice scoops the title of Independent Foodservice Operator’s Favourite Delivered Wholesaler at the HIM Wholesale Awards

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Phyllis Fellows Celebrates 45 Years’ Service

July 03, 2018

In June, Blakemore Foodservice’s Phyliss Fellows celebrated an incredible 45 years’ service with the business

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A.F. Blakemore Rolls Out Equality, Inclusion & Diversity Sessions

July 03, 2018

A.F. Blakemore begins the rollout of a new Equality, Inclusion & Diversity (EID) awareness session across the company

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Process Improvement Helps Blakemore Foundation Award Record Donations

July 02, 2018

A series of process improvement initiatives helped the Blakemore Foundation to award a record number of charitable donations to good causes in 2017/18

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Blakemore Retail Conference 2018: Shaping Our Future - The Pace of Change

June 28, 2018

More than 500 store managers, field staff, A.F. Blakemore colleagues and suppliers attend Blakemore Retail’s Managers Conference to find out about future development plans

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Blakemore Retail Fundraising for NSPCC Tops £3 Million

June 14, 2018

Blakemore Retail has raises £3 million to help the NSPCC make a difference to 800,000 children’s lives

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Guild Academy Launches New Interactive Learning Modules

June 01, 2018

A.F. Blakemore’s Guild Academy extends its Interactive Learning programme for SPAR retailers with the launch of a new suite of online learning modules

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Receive Life-saving Training

May 31, 2018

Senior Regional Manager Owen Davies and Area Manager Donna Cooper join colleagues from SPAR Kidderminster to attend life-saving defibrillator training

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Blakemore Trade Partners Launches New Innovation Platform

May 31, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners launches a new innovation website at its 2018 colleague Communication Day

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A.F. Blakemore Rolls Out Tonight’s Tea Concept across SPAR Stores

May 30, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is rolling out a new Tonight’s Tea concept across its company-owned and independent SPAR stores after a successful trial

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SPAR Melton Raises £1,500 to Install Defibrillator

May 30, 2018

Colleagues at SPAR Melton raise funds for a life-saving defibrillator with a series of Easter-themed fundraisers

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Blakemore Retail’s Owen Davies Sleeps Rough for Homeless Charities

May 29, 2018

Blakemore Retail Senior Regional Manager Owen Davies takes part in a sleep out to help raise awareness of homelessness

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New Customer Service Programme Launched

May 29, 2018

A.F. Blakemore’s Learning & Development team launches a new Customer Service programme to share best practice and help ensure a consistent approach to handling queries across the business

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SPAR Bakewell Relaunches with Ice-cream Counter and Insomnia Coffee

May 29, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Bakewell SPAR store relaunches with serve-over ice-cream and fresh self-serve Insomnia coffee

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Blakemore Logistics Helps 100 Young People into Work

May 28, 2018

Blakemore Logistics helps more than 100 young people into work as a result of a partnership with a West Midlands employability programme

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British Athletics Partners SPAR to Boost Community Sport with People’s Podium

May 22, 2018

SPAR UK launches a new campaign designed to support community sport across the United Kingdom

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SPAR Wins Top Titles at HIM Awards

May 11, 2018

SPAR UK scoops two wins at the HIM Awards 2018

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New Facilitation Skills Course Piloted

May 03, 2018

A.F. Blakemore launches a new Facilitation Skills course to help cultivate leaders with the essential skills and capabilities to effectively facilitate meetings

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AFB Colleagues Inspire Future Generations in Responsible Business Week

May 03, 2018

A.F. Blakemore colleagues participate in a week of educational events to raise the aspirations of young people as part of a national awareness campaign promoting responsible business

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Blakemore Foodservice Showcases Latest Offer at West Midlands Trade Show

May 01, 2018

Blakemore Foodservice exhibits its latest offering to customers at a trade show in the West Midlands

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A.F. Blakemore Launches Project Leadership V2.0

April 30, 2018

A new project leadership toolkit launches across A.F. Blakemore to support the delivery of key projects in the business

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Apprentices Sharpen Team Member Skills

April 30, 2018

Ten apprentices participate in the A.F. Blakemore’s Effective Team Member course to enhance their skills and help build effective teams across the business

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Help Feed Over 70 at Worcester Street Kitchen

April 27, 2018

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail join forces with the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal to serve up meals to some of Worcester’s most vulnerable people

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SPAR Thurcroft Re-launches at New Site

April 20, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Thurcroft SPAR store in Rotherham relaunches with a brand new Greggs

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

April 19, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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A.F. Blakemore Showcases Latest IT Innovation to Co-op Estonia

April 05, 2018

A.F. Blakemore hosts Co-op Estonia to showcase some of the company’s latest innovation in technology

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A.F. Blakemore Publishes First Gender Pay Gap Report

April 04, 2018

A.F. Blakemore publishes its first Gender Pay Gap Report, covering employee data for the 12 months to April 5th 2017

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Charitable Giving Gets Eggstravagant for Easter

April 04, 2018

A.F. Blakemore employees make Easter ‘eggstra special’ for their local communities with charitable giving, volunteering and fundraising activities

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Seven Questions with SPAR Retailer Conrad Davies

April 03, 2018

Leading convenience retailer Conrad Davies answers questions about his journey with SPAR and the success of his four-store-strong business

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New SPAR Store Launches at Roadchef Strensham South

March 23, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners launches a new SPAR store offering premium food to go at Roadchef Strensham South Services in Worcestershire

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A.F. Blakemore Revered at Walsall Council Partner Awards

March 20, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is presented with Bronze Partner Status at the Walsall Works Partner Awards

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

March 20, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes 10th Cohort of ILM Level 2 Delegates

March 20, 2018

A.F. Blakemore welcomes its 10th cohort of delegates onto its ILM Level Two Certificate in Leadership & Team Skills programme

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Blakemore Colleagues Praised for Service in Adverse Weather

March 19, 2018

SPAR retailers thank A.F. Blakemore colleagues for their commitment to customer service during the adverse weather in March

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Blakemore Trade Partners and Fine Foods Launch New Apps

March 01, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners and Blakemore Fine Foods launch new mobile apps to give their customers the ease of ordering on the go

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New Future Leaders Apprenticeship Programme Gets Underway

February 28, 2018

A.F. Blakemore’s new Future Leaders Apprenticeship programme welcomes its first delegates

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SPAR Announced as National Partner for IAAF World Indoor Championships

February 27, 2018

SPAR is announced as a National Partner for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018

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A.F. Blakemore Pilots Equality, Inclusion & Diversity Awareness Session

February 27, 2018

A.F. Blakemore pilots a new Equality, Inclusion & Diversity workshop to be rolled out across the company during 2018

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Central Ordering Team Targets Improved Sales & Availability

February 27, 2018

A central ordering team set up to increase in-store availability and sales whilst reducing wastage across the company’s SPAR estate has expanded a pilot programme

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A.F. Blakemore Honoured at Apprenticeship Awards

February 21, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is crowned Employer of the Year at the Performance Through People Achievement Awards

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A.F. Blakemore Spreads the Word on Responsible Business

February 15, 2018

More than 30 business leaders, council heads and community organisations from across Walsall join together to investigate collaborative ways to address key challenges across the borough

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

February 12, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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Inside Eat 17’s Latest Store at Bishop’s Stortford

January 31, 2018

A.F. Blakemore and entrepreneurial business partners James Brundle and Chris O’Connor opened their latest Eat 17 store in the Hertfordshire town of Bishop’s Stortford in November

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Colleagues to Donate Food Worth £240 to Food Banks

January 31, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is to present two food banks with food worth £240 thanks to colleagues’ generous donations of Christmas gift vouchers

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Raise £1,112 for Derbyshire Hospice

January 30, 2018

Blakemore Retail colleagues from four stores in Derbyshire fundraise £1,112 for Ashgate Hospicecare

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Defibrillator Installation Now Complete Across AFB RDCs

January 30, 2018

A.F. Blakemore’s rollout of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) across its retail distribution centres is now complete

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AFB Graduates Attend Leading the Blakemore Way

January 29, 2018

A.F. Blakemore’s most recent graduate joiners attend a three-day residential Leading the Blakemore Way course

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AFB Twitter Account Needs Your News

January 29, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is asking all colleagues across the business to be on the lookout for good news stories and photos for its social media accounts

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Free-to-use Cash Machine for AFB Colleagues

January 25, 2018

A cash machine is now available for A.F. Blakemore colleagues at the company’s Willenhall head office

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

January 18, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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British Athletics Unveil SPAR as Major Sponsor through to Tokyo 2020

January 18, 2018

British Athletics announce a three-year sponsorship deal with SPAR (UK) Ltd that will see the UK’s leading convenience store group offer wide-ranging support through to the end of 2020

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Leading the Blakemore Way Refresher Piloted with Blakemore Technical Services

January 04, 2018

A.F. Blakemore pilots a Leading the Blakemore Way Refresher course with the Blakemore Technical Services senior team

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December Colleague Award Winners Announced

January 03, 2018

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company recognised and celebrated employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme

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New Blakemore Retail Magazine Out Now

January 03, 2018

A.F. Blakemore publishes the latest edition of its Blakemore Retail magazine

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Volunteers Wanted for Tree Planting

January 02, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is calling on colleagues to get in involved in tree planting in their local communities

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Christmas Community Spirit Snowballs at AFB

December 29, 2017

A.F. Blakemore colleagues have supported more than a thousand good causes in communities across the company’s trading area this Christmas.

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Worcestershire SPAR Stores Donate £15,000 Worth of Goods to Collection Appeals

December 20, 2017

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail collect more than £15,000 worth of goods for the homeless and vulnerable children

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A.F. Blakemore Awards 12 Good Causes £1,917 Heritage Grants

December 20, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has concluded its centenary year by awarding 12 good causes a grant of £1,917 through its charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

December 13, 2017

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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Santa Claus Comes to Town

December 08, 2017

Christmas comes early for children of colleagues across the Blakemore estate at the company’s annual Kids Christmas Party celebrations

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Colleagues Rally Together for Education Focus Week

November 30, 2017

A focus week based on A.F. Blakemore’s Branching Out education programme took place this month, as part of the company’s centenary celebrations

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November Colleague Award Winners Announced

November 29, 2017

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company is recognising and celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme

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Equality, Inclusion & Diversity Survey: Your Comments Answered

November 29, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s Equality, Inclusion & Diversity Steering Group responds to colleague suggestions on what could make the company a more inclusive place to work

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Warehouse to Wheels Scheme Welcomes New Trainee Drivers

November 28, 2017

Eight new trainee LGV drivers embark on A.F. Blakemore’s Warehouse to Wheels driver training programme

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Colleagues Enhance Presentation and Teamwork Skills

November 27, 2017

Colleagues take part in courses led by A.F. Blakemore’s Learning & Development department to develop their business presentation and teamwork skills

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Lifestyle Checkpoint Machine Tours AFB Distribution Depots

November 24, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s Lifestyle Checkpoint machine will be visiting sites across the company’s estate for colleagues to use

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

November 22, 2017

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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